The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for July 3, 2018 – The Ferry Will Write You A Late Note, Trump-Kim in NYC, Pirate Radio is Alive, and More

Holy shit the next Trump-Kim summit might happen in NYC, You can get a late pass to work from the Staten Island Ferry, the head of the transit authority hasn’t met with the mayor in seven months, LinkNYC stations are playing creepy music, and more

The Immigrants statue in Battery Park
The Immigrants in Battery Park

All the Fourth of July changes to the MTA schedule.

If the Staten Island Ferry is running late, they will write you a late pass for work. No, seriously.

Part Flatbush was declared Little Haiti by a city council resolution.

The next Trump-Kim summit could happen in the city, and holy fucking shit that sounds like a bad idea.

26 places to visit right now, according to Curbed.

The cost of fixing the lead paint problem across the city’s housing projects is estimated at $31.8 billion and the NYCHA is $24.9 billion short.

Photos from the supremely unlikely Rooftop Films/Insane Clown Posse collaboration.

Harvey Weinstein faces new charges and could be headed to jail for life.

Why are LinkNYC stations playing a creepy version of the Mister Softee song?

Filming Around Town: The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 22nd St and 41 Ave in Long Island City, Aviva is at 72nd and 5th and Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Hoyt Ave and 23rd in Astoria.

“I thought he was cheating on me so I lit his clothes on fire.”

There are over one million bodies buried on Hart Island, including scores of unclaimed victims of AIDS from the 80s and 90s.

Don’t leave your dog inside your hot car! It’s 2018, why are we still having this conversation?

The taxi commission is considering a new rule that would guarantee an Uber/Lyft driver a minimum wage of $17.22 after expenses, which would increase drivers’ earnings by 22.5%, of $6,345 per year.

Madonna had to be told to stop harassing her neighbors on the Upper West Side.

Lyft bought Citi Bike’s parent company, which will remain Citi Bike branded. This is a tit-for-tat move against Uber, who bought the bike-sharing company Jump.

Jump into the fountains! It’s totally legal to take a dip in the city’s fountains.

Pirate radio is alive and well in Brooklyn, just don’t be a cop about it.

Someone in a Trump/Pence shirt with Alex Jones stickers punched a stranger on the 4 train and screamed homophobic slurs, reinforcing everyone’s assumptions about anyone who might be wearing a Trump.Pence shirt.

Andy Byford is the president of the New York City Transit Authority and hasn’t met with the mayor yet. He’s been on the job since November.

Officers Roberto Anton and Lisa Lovell of the 73rd Precinct are under investigation for not getting out of their patrol car while responding to a shooting in Bushwick on Saturday.


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The Briefly for June 14, 2018 – Affordable Housing for Seniors, Three Rhinos Go to Brooklyn, Spotted Pig’s Future, and More

Spotted Pig has a new owner, the best neighborhoods in the city for rats, new affordable housing for seniors, the best happy hours in Bushwick, and more

Happy flag day.

The Upper West Side, Bed-Stuy, and Harlem are the top neighborhoods in the city… for rats!

Newtown Creek is getting a new living dock. What’s a living dock? It’s a “floating structure designed to provide valuable marine habitat within a heavy polluted and largely bulkheaded waterway.” Don’t fall in the water.

A 33-year-old mom was killed and her 6-year-old son was injured when a car jumped a curb on Seaview Avenue in Canarsie on June 12.

The city committed to build thousands of affordable apartments for low-income seniors on unused NYCHA land. There are 207,000 families on the wait list for public housing and 58,700 living in shelters in the city. This is separate from the $2 billion seed aside to right the recent NYCHA wrongs.

The TLC suspended the license of the Uber driver who kicked two women out of his car for kissing. Uber also kicked him out of their app. It’s 2018, jeez.

The Last Three is a seventeen foot tall sculpture of three rhinos stacked on top of each other by Gillie and Marc Schnatter in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. Public viewing started Wednesday, June 13. The statue was previously in Astor Place. The pair previous had a sculpture in DUMBO called Paparazzi Dog.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s The Punisher is at Sutton and Driggs in Brooklyn and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at E 96th and 5th.

Bushwick Daily published their happy hour guide to the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and M stop.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced two more weeks of partial closures of the the Roosevelt Island tram due to recent rain. If you don’t have to, don’t take the tram.

should be allowed to live in rest-stabilized apartments?

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune in Manhattan, and her wife Ashley Merriman will take over of Spotted Pig restaurant. This is a somewhat controversial move, as the NY Times quotes some people who are upset that they are willing to do business with Ken Friedman. Friedman was accused of sexual harassment by at least 10 women earlier this year.

The jackass behind the Fyre Festival was charged with even more fraud. Get in the sea.

Take a look at the future of paying for the subways and buses, as the MetroCard will go the way of the subway token.

Michael Gongora, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was charged with starting a fire in Flushing on June 4 that injured ten firefighters and left two alleged gang members in critical condition.